City trying to make a deal for Kilworth

The Mirror

Federal Way hopes to buy Camp Kilworth from the Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America, city manager David Moseley said Thursday.

He said he will try to negotiate a purchase that would keep “at least a portion” of the 25 acres on Puget Sound open to the public.

The city is attempting to head off a sale of the property to a private developer who would build homes there. The developer has reportedly offered $3 million for the land.

A city offer presumably would have to at least come close to or match that price. Moseley said municipal officials won’t reveal details of negotiations.

If an agreement is reached, final action would occur at a City Council meeting, he said.

Pacific Harbors’ board of directors voted May 18 to give Federal Way until June 15 –– next Wednesday –– to try to buy Kilworth. The deadline was given in response to an appeal by city officials and citizens for additional time to make a deal and preserve the land as open space.

Doug Dillow, head of Pacific Harbors Council, couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday, but he said last month that the group can’t “delay the sale of the property indefinitely.”

The organization, whose membership of 17,500-plus includes Scouts in south King County and all or parts of seven other counties, wants to spend the proceeds from selling Kilworth on upgrading other Scouts facilities and programs.

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